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The premier conference for those in Healthcare Technology Management is expanded this year to a three-day event including a golf tournament, networking events, keynotes speaker, educational sessions, and an outreach event to introduce high schoolers to the Biomed field.


The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza San Diego. A room block for the conference has been reserved at $122/night.

Hotel Reservations

Keynote Speaker

Herman A. McKenzie, MBA, CHSP Acting Director, Department of Engineering

Herman McKenzie is currently the Acting Director, Department of Engineering in the Standards Interpretation Group at The Joint Commission. In this role, he manages all activities associated with the daily operations of the Engineering department, provides standards interpretation and education to The Joint Commission’s Surveyors and accredited organizations, reviews equivalency requests and survey reports, conducts surveys and Intracycle Monitoring conference calls, and serves as faculty for educational programs and a speaker for national, regional, state, and local audiences. Mr. McKenzie has more than 25 years of health care experience having held managerial and director level roles in clinical engineering, plant operations and facilities services throughout the Chicagoland area. He was part of the team that opened the first new hospital in Illinois in over 25 years. Mr. McKenzie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from Governors State University. He also is a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP).

Conference Highlights

  • 24 educational sessions with CEUs offered
  • Outreach event targeting junior high and high school students to learn more about the biomed field
  •  2 days exhibit hall with 75 vendors
  • Keynote Speakers
  • Golf Tournament at Riverwalk Golf Course
  • Networking event: Sunset Harbor Cruise on Saturday night

Call For Speakers

Calling all speakers! We need 24 engaging speakers and panelist to fill our robust two-day schedule. Submit your abstract and bio, at the link below to be included in the conference program and app. This year all sessions will be 1.5 hours and classes will be held both Friday and Saturday.

Call for Speakers

Conference Schedule

Come Thursday to play in the CMIA Golf Tournament and CMIA Connect Kick-Off hosted by MD Expo or start your two-day conference experience on Friday with educational sessions, exhibitors and an outreach event. The Keynote Dinner will be Friday January 24 and CMIA Networking Event will wrap up the conference on Saturday evening.

Friday (January 24)

7:00-8:30 Breakfast & Registration
8:30- 10:00 Sessions & Speakers

  • AEM Best Practices
  • Battery Management in Healthcare
  • Data Integrity and the Impact of Machine Learning for Actionable Insights
  • From Signal to Image – Video signals to Visualization
  • Meeting medical device cybersecurity risk management demands today!
  • The New Risk Spectrum- Security and Compliance Threats to Patient Safety
10:00 -10:15 BREAK
10:15- 11:45 Sessions & Speakers

  • Alarm Management and Artificial Intelligence – What’s on the Horizon
  • Engineering Patient Safety in Medical Device Design, Function and Use
  • Managing Conflict in the Workplace
  • New Trends in Interoperability
  • RPT: CMS vs TJC
  • Ultrasound Applications Essentials and Image Artifacts
11:45- 12:00 BREAK
12:00- 1:30 Lunch
1:30- 1:45 BREAK
1:45-3:15 Outreach Event
3:15- 3:30 BREAK
3:30- 5:00 Exhibit Hall
5:00-6:30 Exhibit Hall
6:30-8:30 Keynote & Awards Dinner


Saturday (January 25)

7:00-8:30 Breakfast & Registration
8:30- 10:00 Exhibit Hall
10:15- 11:45 Exhibit Hall
11:45- 12:00 BREAK
12:00- 1:30 Lunch
1:30- 1:45 BREAK
1:45-3:15 Sessions & Speakers

  • An Introduction to Defibrillator Testing
  • Getting out of Your Office to Make a Difference
  • Engaging Your audience
  • How to Prepare for a Successful Joint Commission Survey – lessons from the field
  • Setting up and running your own ISO
  • Transducer Care and Maintenance
3:15- 3:30 BREAK
3:30 – 5:00 Sessions & Speakers

  • Basics of Networking in a Hospital Environment
  • Basics on Steam Sterilizers
  • Cybersecurity Challenges for Networked Medical Devices
  • Developing a QA Program for Ultrasound
  • Electrical Safety Testing in Healthcare
  • RPT in the PCV
5:00- 6:15 Hors D’Oeuvres & Networking
6:30-9:00 Sunset Harbor Cruise (All-inclusive drinks & food)

More details about the schedule, sessions, and speakers will be available in the Conference App, which can be accessed after registration.

Attendee Registration

Attendee registration is now open!

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If you would like to volunteer, have any questions or comments, please contact Jenn Nichols at [email protected].

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